The Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site in Laclede, Mo has multiple events planned for this summer starting with their annual Memorial Day program May 28.
The state historic site has also been hard at work getting their World War I Commemorative Garden ready for their Blessing of Poppies Ceremony planned for June 2.
The Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site will hold their annual Memorial day program May 28. Starting at 1 p.m. the program will feature guest speaker Mike Brown and a 21-gun salute performed by VFW 4557 and American Legion Post No. 182. The program will take place next to the Pershing statue and wall of honor.
The next event at the Pershing state historic site is the Blessing of Poppies Ceremony set for June 2. Starting at 1 p.m. the ceremony will begin by bringing soil from WWI battlegrounds to the WWI Commemorative Garden. A Pershing reenactor will receive the soil and cast it into the garden. This will be followed by a cannon blast, 21-gun salute and “Taps.” Bestselling author of “My Fellow Soldiers,” Andrew Carroll will speak at the ceremony. Native Americans from the Cherokee Nation and Muscogee Nation will be present at the event as well.
According to Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site administrator Denzil Heaney, this event will celebrate WWI soldiers.
“This will be a christening of the WWI Commemorative Garden and focus on Missouri’s military history,” Heaney said.
June 3 a free viewing of “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War,” will be shown at Reel Time Cinema in Brookfield at 12:30 p.m. Producer and director of the film, Barney McCoy will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film.
The final event planned for this year is the Formal Dedication of the WWI Commemorative Garden set for Sept. 15. According to Heaney, this event will focus on the individual soldiers as they left for war.
Heaney says many hours have been spent planning these events.
“We’ve been planning these events since 2013,” Heaney said. “We’re already working on next year’s events.”
Heaney hopes to have some of these become annual events in the community. The WWI Commemorative Garden will be open to the public following the poppy ceremony June 2. The Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site is located at 1100 Pershing Drive in Laclede, Mo.